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Turkish woman gives birth at the age of 64

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Thursday, October 12, 2006 | 0 comments

ISTANBUL - TDN with wire services

A 64-year-old Turkish woman has given birth to a baby boy in Istanbul, becoming the second oldest mother in the world, a hospital spokesman said on Wednesday.

After 35 years of trying, Memnune Tiryaki became pregnant through in vitro fertilization (IVF) -- by egg transfer from a donor -- in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (KKTC) and delivered her baby by Cesarean section on Monday in the private German Hospital here. She had to get the operation performed in the KKTC since egg transplants are forbidden in Turkey.

"It's a great success. ... She is the second oldest woman in the world to have given birth," hospital spokesman Bulent Biricik told Agence France-Presse, adding that a Romanian had given birth at the age of 67 in 2005.

"Both the mother and the boy are fine," he said, adding that they were expected to be discharged from hospital later on Wednesday.

The baby was 48 centimeters long and weighed 2.7 kilograms.

"No one should discuss my age and make calculations of how long I will live," Tiryaki told Sabah newspaper. "I just wanted to have a child, and no one else can know how happy I am."

The 62-year-old father was equally joyous. "Science made it possible and God helped us," Ă–mer Tiryaki said. "The only thing I care about from now on is the happiness of my child."

"We always believed we would succeed," he told Hurriyet newspaper. "Since we are both retired, we will raise the baby together."

The Turkish Cypriot doctor who performed the IVF treatment said he made the decision after much hesitation over Tiryaki's age. "I was doubtful, but they convinced me," Halil Ibrahim Tekin told Sabah. "They wanted this baby so much. They were ready to do anything."

He explained that only 25 percent of women aged over 40 stand a chance of becoming pregnant through IVF treatment, but "even the uterus of a 90-year-old woman" is medically fit for the operation.


Source: http://www.turkishdailynews.com.tr/article.php?enewsid=56478





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